What a time it is to be an athlete! Competitors from all over the world have conquered gold, silver and bronze medals to take back to their selective countries, and in this year’s Olympic games, the melanin magic is undeniable! Country pride and new world records have been extended, and the solidarity has been felt throughout the universe; one of the only times where we can all come together in true and honorable competition is during the Olympics. So, who is leading and making headlines so far? It’s time for our Rio Roundup!
There are more than 11,000 athletes participating in this year’s games, divided up between 205 participating countries. The United States having the most athletes with 558 and Tuvalu having only one. Let the numbers tell it, America clearly has more of an advantage when it comes to all around medaling, but it’s a possibility that 558 athletes could fall short, so at the end of the day, it always comes down to the competitor. So far, the U.S. leads in the Olympic Games with 61 medals with China coming in second with 41 and our mother country, Great Britain, holding 32. Russia has 26, Japan has 24, Australia has 22 and Italy has 19. Let’s check out some of the athletes making headlines.
We’ve been hearing it all weekend, and at this point every little girl wants to be a Simone. Simone Biles kept up the U.S.’ winning streak by securing two gold medals, one for the Women’s Gymnastics All-Around Title and the other for the Team Title.
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Another melanin-rich athlete that is making us proud is Simone Manual. She is the first African American woman to win gold in the 100m freestyle in swimming. She also received another gold and two silver medals in the sport. The U.S. dominated in swimming this year, earning a total of 33 medals.
Michael Phelps retired with 23 gold medals but shocked many fans by being in a 3-way tie for the silver in the 100m butterfly.
Ibtihaj Muhammad helped Team USA win the bronze in sabre fencing while proudly wearing her hijab, making her the first U.S. athlete to compete wearing one. Her male counterpart, Daryl Homer, wins the silver medal making him the first American to win in this event in 112 years.
Sincere congratulations go out to our other brothers and sisters in the world who reached Olympic heights by bringing home their hard-earned trophies. Jamaica didn’t make much buzz in their world premiere in gymnastics but boy, did they handle business in Track & Field (as usual). Crowned the fastest woman in the world, Elaine Thompson won the gold medal in the 100m race, ripping it away from teammate and two-time defending champ, Shelly Ann-Fraser-Pryce. The U.S.’ Tori Bowie brought home the silver medal. The “Insane Usain” Bolt won his third consecutive gold medal in the 100m, crossing the line in less than 10 seconds! Ethiopia’s Almaz Anaya and Great Britain’s Mohamed Farah both won gold in the 10,000m races, while Kenya’s Jemima Sumgong became the country’s first citizen to win the Olympic marathon. Puerto Rico won its first ever gold medal in tennis thanks to Monica Puig, who is the first unseeded player to win in the event.
The 2016 Olympic games are far from over, with medaling events still remaining in wrestling, volleyball, taekwondo, rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming, boxing and many more sports. For more detailed info on medal winners, countries, schedules and everything Olympics 2016, click the hyperlink and don’t forget to leave your favorite Olympic moment so far in the comments below. See ya’ll back here in a flash!
Written By: Melody Lanei